Nanticoke, PA Coal Mine Gas Explosion, Nov 1909

NANTICOKE MINE HORROR CAUSES DEATH OF MANY.

NINE BODIES RECOVERED AND SEVERAL MISSING BY FIRE FOLLOWING AN EXPLOSION -- SCORE OVERCOME BY GASES.

By Telegraph to the Express.
Wilkes-Barre, Nov. 10. -- Nine bodies have been recovered from frive to ten men are missing and twenty rescuers were overcome by gases is the record today at the burning Auchioclose Colliery at Nanticoke, near here, where a fire followed an explosion late yesterday afternoon.
The mine was still blazing today, but officials of the Delaware & Lackawanna Coal company assert that the flames are under control, but the task of driving out the deadly gases engendered by the fire is one of the most difficult phases of the situation.
The bodies recovered are:
JOSEPH DICKSON.
ANTHONY PROKOPOS.
JOHN GITTINGHAST.
GUSTAVE BROSKI.
STANLEY PITKIN.
ANTHONY KASHINSKI.
CHARLES BOTSARSKA.
JOHN SETELESK.
FRANK MACHAN.
Fire Bosses ROBERT SMITH and J. H. INGRAM, the former a Nanticoke councilman, were among those who were overcome while gallantly leading the rescuers.
It was shortly after 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon when word came from the underground workings of No. 2 shaft of the Auchinclose colliery that a serious explosion had taken place in the mine and that several of the workmen had been killed. Rescuing parties were at once organized, district superintendent Davis and officials of the company, meanwhile, being notified of the accident. Mr. Davis was at the Nanticoke Hospital at the time and lost little time in reaching the scene.
He was followed a short time later by general manager Phillips and the latters assistant, Mr. Tilby, and chief engineer Arthur Lemonte, all of Scranton, and Dr. D. H. Duke of Kingston, who were hurried to Nanticoke on a special train.
The fire which followed in the wake of the explosion prevented the rescuers reaching the victims for some little time, it being necessary to first seize control of the fire before any progress could be made.

Lock Haven Express Pennsylvania 1909-11-10